LIVE MU­SIC VENUES

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By Kris­ten Manieri

Tin Roof Or­lando

Lo­cated in the brand-new I- Drive 360 com­plex, Tin Roof has trans­ported its Nashville vibe to In­ter­na­tional Drive where lo­cal and re­gional bands take to the be­daz­zled stage evenings through­out the week. Seated at ta­bles, booths and high-tops, guests en­joy a slew of wellper­formed cover songs (and a few orig­i­nal tunes, too), whilst nosh­ing on de­li­cious gourmet pub grub and sip­ping eclec­tic yet scrump­tious cock­tails. With The

Or­lando Eye ob­ser­va­tion wheel, as well as Madame Tus­sauds wax mu­seum and Sea

Life aquar­ium, set to open this spring, Tin Roof is one of many rea­sons to visit I- Drive’s new­est en­ter­tain­ment and din­ing hub. tin­roof­bars.com/ Home/Or­lando

Dr. Phillips Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts

Span­ning two city blocks, Or­lando’s new state- of-the-art per­form­ing arts cen­ter is a shin­ing jewel amidst The City Beau­ti­ful’s blos­som­ing down­town cor­ri­dors. The Dr. Phillips Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts opened Nov. 14 with a jam-packed cal­en­dar of the­atri­cal and mu­si­cal events, in­clud­ing sev­eral top-notch na­tional per­form­ers set to take the stage in­side the 2,700-seat Walt Dis­ney The­ater. That list in­cludes John

Mel­len­camp (March 22), Sarah McLach­lan (March 24) and Id­ina

Men­zel (July 25).

dr­phillip­s­cen­ter.org

House of Blues

This whim­si­cal con­cert hall decked out with col­or­ful folk art fea­tures a 50-foot stage and multi-level view­ing area where a 2,000-per­son crowd gets an in­ti­mate, live-mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence. Perched on the west end of Down­town Dis­ney, House of Blues hosts a reg­u­lar lineup of na­tion­ally renowned per­form­ers along with a soul­ful Sun­day Gospel Brunch when heart­felt “hal­leluiahs” are served along­side mi­mosas and South­ern grits.

house­of­blues.com

BB King Blues Club

Nightly tunes doled out by the 11-piece BB King’s All-Star Band, as well as a ro­tat­ing line-up of clas­sic rock, blues, jazz, soul, funk and R&B bands, pair well with the fin­ger­lick­ing South­ern soul food on the menu at BB King. Lo­cated on the sec­ond level of Pointe Or­lando on In­ter­na­tional Drive, this live-mu­sic venue meets sup­per club houses four full-ser­vice bars in three dif­fer­ent ar­eas, in­clud­ing an out­door pa­tio, a mez­za­nine that looks over the main stage and a large din­ing area on the main level.

bbking­clubs.com

Hard Rock Live

Like step­ping into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Hard Rock Live pays homage to mu­sic le­gends with an ex­pan­sive col­lec­tion of con­cert posters and rock ‘n’ roll mem­o­ra­bilia in­side this 3,000- ca­pac­ity con­cert coli­seum. Lo­cated at Univer­sal

Ci­tyWalk, the venue sched­ules more than 150 shows each year, in­clud­ing a reg­u­lar ren­di­tion of Clas­sic Al­bums Live, a note-for-note cover show of some of the great­est al­bums of all time. In ad­di­tion to con­certs, this spring it will host co­me­di­ans Joel McHale (April 18),

Wanda Sykes (April

25) and Lisa Lam­pan

elli (June 6). hardrock.

com/live

Plaza LIVE

Tucked into down­town’s Milk District, this by­gone two­screen movie the­ater was con­verted into a live-mu­sic venue in the early ‘90s and has since hosted hun­dreds of per­form­ers. Perks in­clude the high ceil­ings and wide, open floor plus its close prox­im­ity to scores of fun lo­cally owned eater­ies and bars. A mere 100 feet sep­a­rate the stage from the back of the room, which means there isn’t a bad seat in the house. While plenty of rock and folk acts hit the stage reg­u­larly, the Or­lando Phil­har­monic’s 2013 pur­chase of the build­ing means or­ches­tra re­hearsals and per­for­mances. plaza­live­or­lando.com

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